BSc Forestry

BSc Forestry

Any country requires manpower to manage its natural resources. They are important to the nation from both ecological and economic perspectives. 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry is a program designed to produce an individual who can contribute to environmental resource management.

Overview of BSc Forestry

BSc Forestry course is a discipline of applied science that focuses on the conservation of forest ecosystems. It also focuses on resource management, climate change mitigation, habitat protection and many more. 

This undergraduate degree is ideal for those who have a passion for nature and want to help to its preservation. Aspiring foresters and environmentalists are the probable candidates for this program.

BSc Forestry Course in Nepal 

Nepal's forests cover around 5.96 million hectares of land. The manpower to manage, conserve and balance the natural resources these wildlife hold is an important asset for the country. 

To meet the nation's need for qualified environmental resource managers, the Nepal Forestry Institute was founded in 1947 under the Nepal Government. It later became the Institute of Forestry (IOF) in July 1972 after a merger with Tribhuvan University.

IOF started providing a three-year BSc Forestry course. In 1995, the program expanded to a four-year format. 

In 2010, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) was established which promotes research in allied disciplines through teaching, research, and extension programs across the country. 

The Far-West University started providing the BSc Forestry course from 2080 BS. 

Currently, there are 4 universities that provide Forestry course in Nepal. 

  • Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)
  • Tribhuvan University (TU)
  • Purbanchal University (PU)
  • Far-west University (FWU)

General Information

BSc Forestry course is an undergraduate degree. The total duration of the program is 4 years with a total of 8 semesters. The average credit hours in the program is 165. 

As compared to BSc Agriculture, forestry courses are taught in fewer universities. The number of seats available for this degree is also comparatively low. So is the case with the seats available for the degree. 

Let us look closely at the table below to learn about the colleges, seats and credit hours of the BSc Forestry courses of respective universities.

Universities

No. of Seats

No. of Colleges

Credit Hours

AFU

199

3

165

TU

210

3

140

PU

48

1

165

FWU

40

1

~160

Going over the curriculum we can see that students are provided with different aspects of the field of forest science that help in resource management. It covers wide subjects such as forest science and related topics. 

Some of the topics involved in the syllabus of BSc forestry course are

  • Forest ecology, botany, statistics, geology, engineering, and protection.
  • Silviculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Soil science
  • Natural resource management
  • Agroforestry

After graduating from the BSc forestry course students will be well educated in all these subjects. They will also gain knowledge through field visits, research, training and internships in some cases. 

Objectives of BSc Forestry

The primary objective of the BSc Forestry course is to generate skilled and knowledgeable manpower who can contribute effectively to the conservation and management of natural resources. 

Besides this some other objectives of the course are discussed below: 

  • To address the country's present forestry and environmental resource requirements and interests.
  • To train an individual to become knowledgeable and practical professional foresters and effective natural resource managers.
  • To improve the academic environment and encourage students to advance their professional careers.
  • To promote research initiatives that can deal with the real-world issues encountered in the forestry sector.
  • To introduce students to the policies and laws related to environmental resources. 
  • To teach students ways and ideas for habitat preservation.

Career and Scope of BSc Forestry

The BSc Forestry course provides individuals with an insight into various aspects of forest science and resources management. The program prepares them for different career prospects in the related field. 

Here are some scopes of the BSc Forestry Course: 

  • Natural Resource Manager: The BSc Forestry course graduates can work as natural resource managers. In this job, they will be responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining different policies and plans to manage the ecosystem.
  • Wildlife Management: Wildlife is an integral part of the forest. They have to be protected and conserved to maintain the balance in forests. The BSc Forestry course passouts can work in the field of wildlife management.
  • Silviculture: The degree holders can pursue their career as silviculturists. They will be responsible for the establishment, growth, composition, health, and quality of forests and woodlands.
  • Arboriculture: There are so many endangered trees that need  monitoring and care. The BSc Forestry scholars can work as arboriculturists. 
  • NGOs/INGOs: Different NGOs/INGOs hire forest science degree holders to work in the field of forest preservation, promotion and even afforestation. The graduates can work for those kinds of organizations as a part of their career. 
  • Forest Range Officer: Forest range officer is a government job for the BSc forestry passouts. They will be responsible for forest conservation and management. 
  • Researcher: The forest science degree holders can work as a researcher. They can oversee the research projects and collect the data required to improve the forest health and improve the overall ecosystem. 
  • Academia: The graduates can pursue their education and receive a master’s degree in the field of forest science. They can also spread their knowledge to the new generation by teaching in the colleges. 

Eligibility Criteria of BSc Forestry

Students who are interested in the BSc Forestry course must meet the following criteria to be eligible to study it. 

  • They should have completed their intermediate or equivalent level in the stream of science by taking Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics.
  • Must have passed a 100-mark Biology and Mathematics examination at the 10+2 or equivalent level.
  • Should have secured at least 50% or C+ or 2.4 CGPA in aggregate in the +2 or equivalent. 
  • Should have passed the admission test examination administered by universities.

Admission Requirement

Every year the university providing the BSc Forestry course administers the entrance examination test as an admission procedure. Applicants must attend the test and pass it to study the program.

Some Key Details about the Entrance Examination

  • The type of questions asked is objective. 
  • Questions will be asked in the following subjects: physics, chemistry, mathematics, English, zoology, botany, forest science, and general knowledge.
  • To secure a seat, students must score at least 50% of the full marks.
  • When generating the merit list for the scholarship, the test score will be taken into account.

You may be required to submit the following documents as part of the admissions procedure if you get accepted for a BSc Forestry course.

  • Marksheet, character, and proof certificate of SEE/ SLC
  • Transcript, mark sheet and migration, and character certificate of 10+2 or any equivalent course
  • Copy of citizenship

Graduation Requirement

Students have to attend at least 80% of the theory and practical classes in each subject. They will not be allowed to take the end-of-semester exam if this condition is not met.

The university will provide a BSc Forestry degree to those students who,

  • Completes the credit hours as prescribed. 
  • Have a minimum passing grade in each course.

Fee Structure

The fee structure of studying a BSc Forestry course is similar to the cost of a BSc Agriculture. The minimum approximate amount for this degree is NPR 2,50,000 which is often the fee of the government-funded colleges. 

Studying it in private colleges can be expensive. It ranges from NPR 5,00,00 to 11,00,000. 

Those who have secured the full scholarships shouldn’t pay the tuition fee. So, students are encouraged to secure good enough marks to secure it. 

The table below showcases the approximate fee structure of different universities.

Universities

Approximate fee structure (In NPR)

Minimum

Maximum

AFU

2,50,000

8,00,00

TU

2,50,000

9,00,000

PU

3,00,000

11,00,000

FWU

3,00,000

5,00,000

Please be aware that the cost of a BSc Forestry course in Nepal can vary depending on the college, and the above-mentioned fees are only an approximate value. 

Scholarships

The Nepal Government ensures that capable students and pupils from different backgrounds get scholarships while pursuing their higher education in any field. This holds for the BSc Forestry course too. 

Each university in Nepal that provides the BSc Forestry course allocates a certain number of seats for scholarships as per the government’s rules and policies. They are either quota-based or open. 

The detail about the scholarship seats concerning the university is provided in the table below. 

Type of Seats

AFU

TU

PU

FWU

Total Available

199

210

48

40

Total Scholarship

109

68

3

19

Open Scholarship

75

49

2

9

Quota Scholarship

34

19

1

10

Paying

90

142

45

21

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